Morning Music Notes – U2 Documentary at TIFF, Pearl Jam Copies Idea
U2 Documentary To Debut at TIFF
It looks like love U2 will be rolling into town; that town being Toronto. This September, when you are planning your Halloween costume, U2 will be in Toronto, according to Rolling Stone, debuting their documentary From the Sky Down. The documentary was done by Davis Guggenheim, who has done such films as An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman, and will play at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, for those who need to shorten everything). The documentary is about the making of the epic 1991 album, Achtung Baby. Achtung Baby will be re-released and expanded this year, to celebrate it’s 20th year of gracing our ears on repeat.
Pearl Jam Won’t Be Outdone by U2
Pearl Jam also has a special 20th anniversary this year. They liked U2’s “documentary playing at the Toronto International Film Festival” idea, and decided to copy it. They might have one-upped U2 by landing Cameron Crowe to direct the flick, which highlights the band’s 20 years of existence. Pearl Jam even gave us a little teaser trailer. Your move, U2.
50 Cent Cancels An Album, Linkin Park Marks Progress on Their Album
In news that is bound to upset nobody, 50 Cent has
attempted to win a power struggle with his label delayed his Black Magic (“Blagic”?) album, reports Gigwise.
For every Yin, there is a Yang. Gigwise also reports that Linkin Park is working with Rick Rubin on a follow up to A Thousand Suns. Linkin Park expects the album to come out next year, and will hopefully not make every single song sound exactly the same.
Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never Makes Anthony Kiedis Cry…?! What the F?
When Rick Rubin isn’t helping Linkin Park record an album (NAILING IT with the segues today!), he hangs (and does albums) with Anthony Kiedis of the Chili Peppers. On a recent flight together, they both
suffered through watched the documentary about Justin Bieber, called Never Say Never. In almost unbelievable news, Spinner notes that Anthony Kiedis admits to Q Magazine to having cried – TWICE – while watching it. And NOT because he genuinely hated it – because it moved him.
“They were doing this very cheesy giveaway of concert tickets to 16-year-old girls. The cheesiness didn’t matter — it was the reaction of the kids. When you saw those little girls crying deliriously, I lost it.”
But the Red Hot rocker wasn’t the only one brought to tears at the sight of the Bieber Fever footage. Anthony added, “I decided to tell Rick afterwards and he said, ‘I was also sobbing during that point in the movie.’
Amy Winehouse Re-Enters
Rehab Billboard’s Top 10
As I said before, nothing will help your album a lot more than death. Amy Winehouse’s recent death helped proved this. Billboard notes that Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album came in at Number 9 this past week, with 37,000 albums sold. Interestingly, 95% of those sales were digital. Her first album, Frank, moved 8,000 albums, enough for 57th spot on the list.
“There were more Winehouse albums purchased in past week (ending July 24) — 55,000 — than during the first six months of the year. Through the week ending July 17, her catalog had shifted 44,000 copies.”
If Amy’s unfinished third album comes out, does anything think it won’t be number 1?
It Ain’t Much – That’s Why It’s a Preview
As previously report, Damon Albarn (from every band under the sun) is leading a team of musicians and producers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their goal?
To build the ultimate music robot To record a record (different pronunciations!) in a week, with proceeds going to Oxfam.
A short snippet to whet your appetites is down below. If they were recording in Australia, I could’ve used the cliched “recording Down Under”. Ah, I’m left with no puns! I will see how long this Congo on – HA – I did it, Dad!